28 local ideas to spoil Dad on Father's Day

How good are Dads. Next Sunday (the 3rd for those playing at home) marks the one day of the year dedicated to your favourite man.

In case you still haven't decided on a present (eek) how about you treat your old man to something he'll never forget (pretty sure he's got enough socks). 

Here's a list of epic ways to spoil your Dad this Father's Day!

The Undercurrent

While socks and undies are well past their use by date, there are still some cool threads we know your Dad will love. How about a shirt from his favourite Gold Coast suburb? The Undercurrent tees are all designed by locals artists and depict scenes representing Coolangatta, Burleigh, Currumbin, Surfers and Mermaid. 


Here are the best local water-based activities that will surely get his adrenaline pumping. 

Gold Coast Jet Ski Safaris
Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the Gold Coast's waterways and along pristine, sandy Island beaches. You're Dad will love jumping ways at high speed and you might just enjoy yourself too. 
Mariner's Cove Marina, 7A/60-70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Jetpack Adventures
I'm sure you've heard about jetpacks by now but what about flyboards or jetbikes (a.k.a the Jetovator)? Definitely something every Dad should do. 
Waterways Dr, Main Beach

Fish the Deep Charters
Dad's and fishing go hand in hand, which is exactly why you should take your Dad out fishing next Sunday! Fish the Deep Charters offer half and full day deep sea and reef trips.
The Spit Pontoon, Muriel Henchman Dr, Main Beach

Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters will teach you to jig your own live bait before you head out to sea. No experience necessary, juts grab your Dad and hit the high seas. 
The Spit Pontoon, Muriel Henchman Dr, Main Beach

Gold Coast Watersports
Gold Coast Watersports has got it all, from jetskis, parasailing to kayaking and SUPs there's surely something to get your Dad's heart pumping. 
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Jetboat Extreme
Jetboat Extreme is one of the most adrenalin charged water activities around. Grab your Dad and hit the waterways for non stop fun! 
30-34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise


Water still a bit chilly for your tastes? No problem! How about some adrenaline pumping sky adventures instead?

iFLY Indoor Skydiving
IFly in Surfers Paradise is an indoor skydiving experience you don't want to miss, 'cause it's super fun (and you don't actually have to jump out of a plane)! 
3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Adventure Flights
Gold Coast Adventure Flights offer exhilarating aerobatic and adventure flights in a Russian YAK 52 aircraft over the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast and the Hinterland.
1/78-88 Musgrave St, Coolangatta

Aussie Air
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of flying in a helicopter and seeing your home town or tourist destination from a totally new perspective. At Aussie Air you can choose from a range of packages or even make your own! 
Hangar 51, Lores Bonney Circuit, Bilinga

Gold Coast Skydive
Is your Dad brave enough? Test his limits with Gold Coast Skydive, an experience he surely won't forget! 
78 Musgrave St, Coolangatta


Keep Dads feet firmly planted on the ground with these land-based activities. 

Planet Commando
Yatala's Planet Commando features a series of military-style high ropes and obstacle courses ranging from standard to Navy Seal that provide a real physical and mental challenge. Is your dad up for it? 
76 Business St, Yatala

Australian Shooting Academy
Ever shot a gun before? I bet your Dad would love to and there's no license required at Australian Shooting Academy
Shop 464, Level 1, Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

The Shooting Centre
For all the Southport locals and Brisbanites, there's also a Pistol Club near you, shoot five different guns for $110!
1/76 Ferry Rd, Southport

Go Karting at Kingston Park Raceway
This outdoor race track has over 100 go karts and 3 separate tracks for you to choose from. If you're done racing how about a round of mini golf? 
20 Mudgee St, Kingston

Slideways Go Karting Centres
In case it's raining on Sunday (fingers crossed) you might want to check out Slideways Go Karting just 10 minutes from Surfers Paradise. Their indoor track features a huge 55m cross over bridge, a cambered berm, tunnel, esses and sweepers! 
10 Spencer Rd, Nerang

Game Over Adventure Park
Game Over Adventure Park is THE place to be on Father's day with amazing attractions including go karting, lazer tag and clip'n climb areas. 
88/108 Siganto Dr, Helensvale

Timezone is your one-stop spot for some serious fun this Father's Day, cause kids of all ages are welcome here! They've got the best and newest arcade games, bowling, lazer tag and so much more! 
Cavill Ave, Paradise Centre, Surfers Paradise / The Strand, Coolangatta

Southern Cross 4WD Tours
Southern Cross 4WD is for the whole family (or even a group of Dad's). Get away from the city and enjoy exclusive venues, no crowds, just nature! Included are guided rainforest walks, waterfalls, animal spotting, wine tasting, off road driving, bird feeding and much more.
 5/3078 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise


Last but not least, what would Father's Day be without a feast and a couple of beers? Whether you go out for dinner or make it a Sunday sesh and spend all day, who are we to judge?  Here are our 9 top picks. Rest assured, your dad will love'em.

Lester and Earl
How does American BBQ, slow smoked brisket, beef and pork ribs, fried chicken, burgers and 12 craft beers on tap sound? Think Daddy's gonna love it? We sure do!
1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

The 4217
There's plenty of fun activities on the foodie hub this year. From pizza making to a roast lunch and fitness classes, you're sure to find something he'll love. 
The 4217, 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise

Glenelg Public House
If the best steak on the Coast is something your Dad might enjoy, this is the place to go. They source the best produce and there's always a cool atmosphere. 
9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Fortitude Brewing Company
Is there a better location to celebrate Father's Day than a brewery located on top of Mt Tamborine? Take a peek behind the scenes via huge glass windows in the vintage decorated ‘retro room’, grab a beer (or two), one of their homemade pizzas and make yourself cozy while ogling the view. 
165 Long Rd, North Tamborine

Ribs and Rumps
We don't know any Dad that wouldn't love ribs, steak and/or a burger on his special day. With a side of onion rings and a cold beer overlooking the marina, what more could he want!?
16/74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

The Star
Give Dad the star treatment this Father's Day with a visit to The Star Gold Coast! With a range of food and beverage packages on offer, live music and accommodation specials he's sure to feel like a winner. Want THE all you can eat buffet, be sure to take him to Food Fantasy.
Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Black Hops Brewery
The boys from Black Hops Brewery have an ace up their sleeves for Father's Day this year - how does a book on starting your own brewery (every Dad's dream) sound? Grab Dad a copy of Operation Brewery now! 
15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads

This new Southport hot spot is the perfect venue for treating your Dad, because Dad eats for free with every Father’s Day booking this Sunday.
34 Nerang Street, Southport

Salt Meats Cheese
Book your Dad into a Salt Meats Cheese Pizza Making Class. He’ll learn step by step how to craft the perfect dough like an expert, top it with his favourite ingredients and see it cook to perfection in an authentic pizza oven. 
The 4217, 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise

By Louisa von Ingelheim